Officials from big-city school systems offer blunt criticisms of a slow, cumbersome, and often anxiety-choked procurement process for buying educational technology. Their views appear in a new report that argues that those obstacles can stymie innovation.
, researchers from the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education say that both vendors and school officials trying to shepherd purchases along typically have to navigate a deep sea of competing rules and district offices with different interests and responsibilities. The tangled process tends to exclude new and smaller ed-tech companies, and potentially curtail new ideas, write authors Tricia Maas and Robin Lake.
A version of this article appeared in the January 14, 2015 edition of Education Week as Procurement Processes